Congregational Connection

StepALIVE! is just around the corner and we are almost halfway to our goal of raising $80,000 to support our Alexandria neighbors in need. Thank you to the 33 teams who have already signed up to participate in this year’s walkathon, and to our generous sponsors for contributing to this day of action!

Please help us to spread the word about this event by creating a congregational team of your own and inviting others to join you. All participants will receive a 2022 StepALIVE! t-shirt and are invited to join us for the 2pm kickoff and post-walk celebration at First Christian Church.

ALIVE! Congregational Representatives Carlton Willis from Alfred Street Baptist Church and Jean Hartman Moore from Agudas Achim Congregation have a few tips for building your StepALIVE! walkathon team. To register for the October 16th walkathon, to start a team, or to make a contribution visit

Trunk or Treat with ALIVE! Congregations

ALIVE! is inviting member congregations to participate in an ALIVE! Trunk or Treat at Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, October 29 from 1pm-3pm.

Originally started by church groups with the aim of providing a safer environment for trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Trunk or Treat involves a community coming together, so that children can trick-or-treat out of the decorated trunks of their cars. This Trunk or Treat is sponsored by the ALIVE! member congregations is open to all children and youth.

This is a fun way to encourage interfaith and social interaction and have a good time while spreading the news about how we all work together to serve our neighbors in need. This event is being organized by Carlton Willis, the ALIVE! Congregational Representative from Alfred Street Baptist.

Please review the available slots and enter the name of your congregation to sign up for one or more trunk spaces in parking lot B-1 of the Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus on October 29th. Setup time is 11:30am – 1pm. The event will be held from 1pm – 3pm, with cleanup ending at 3pm. If you have any questions, please email

Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill 29th Annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

Throughout the month of October, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill is holding a pumpkin sale. Pumpkin prices start at $1 and go up based on size. Also for sale are gourds, homemade soups and baked goods, and Autumn/Halloween themed crafts. 100% of Pumpkin Patch profits will go to more than 25 local, national, and international charities that directly support feeding, housing, educating, and caring for our most vulnerable neighbors.

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October Volunteer Needs

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who joined us in September to help Alexandrians in need!

From picking up donated furniture, to bagging groceries at the warehouse, and handing out food at ALIVE!’s distribution events. It takes a big team to make sure that we can support our entire community.

In the month of October our greatest volunteers need are listed below. Please help us spread the work and ensure that we have enough volunteers to staff all of these important service events.

Thursday, October 13th
Pop-up! Food Distributors
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Friday, October 14th
Pop-up! Food Distributors
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt Vernon Ave)

Sunday, October 16th
StepALIVE! 5-mile Walk- Volunteer
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult. First Christian Church (2723 King St). Multiple volunteer tasks available: registration table attendant, raffle station, snacks station, course marshal, finish line, parking lot attendant.

Friday, October 21st
Warehouse Rearrange
801 S. Payne Street
9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday, October 29th
Food Distributors, Traffic Marshalls & Translators
7:30am – 11:30am
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
NVCC Alexandria- (5000 Dawes Avenue -Donald L. Bisdorf Building, Parking Lot B)
Cora Kelly ES-(3600 Commonwealth Ave)
William Ramsay Rec. Center-(5650 Sanger Ave)

Saturday, October 29th
Drivers-Saturday Food Distributions
6:30am – 11:30am
Must be 21yrs old to participate. Report to 801 South Payne Street

Saturday, October 8th, 22nd
Furniture Moving Attendant
801 South Payne Street | Proof of COVID Vaccine required | Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Saturdays 8:00am – 1:00pm

Ongoing Volunteer Needs

West End Food Hub Assistant
510 F S. Van Dorn Street
Must be 18yrs old to participate.
Tuesday – Thursday 11:30am – 2:30pm, 2:00pm – 4:30pm, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Friday and Saturday 9:45am – 12:45pm
Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm

West End Food Hub Driver
801 S. Payne Street
Must be 21Yrs old to participate.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:30am – 11:00am
Thursday 10:30am – 11:00am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Friday 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Warehouse Assistant
801 S. Payne Street
Must be 18Yrs old to participate.
Monday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesdays – Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm and 11:00am – 2:00pm

Food Sorting And Packing
116 S. Quaker Lane
Children ages 15-17yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm



ALIVE!’s Food Distribution Schedule

ALIVE! strives to provide nutritious foods through direct distribution to our clients and by supporting Alexandria’s food pantries, meal kitchens, public schools, recreation centers, and other community partners.

October Food Distribution Schedule

Weekend Food Distribution:
ALIVE! distributes bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) at 3 sites one Saturday per month in the parking lot at each site. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required.

Reusable Bags:
Please encourage referrals or clients to bring reusable bags to food distribution events so that ALIVE! can recycle them for future events. All reusable bags are accepted.

Saturday, October 29 from 8:30am – 10:30am

  • Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
  • NVCC Alexandria Campus (parking lot B-1 via 500 Dawes Ave)


  • Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave)
  • William Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)


ALIVE! Food Hub (510-F South Van Dorn Street)
The ALIVE! Food Hub offers Alexandria residents food, personal items, cleaning supplies, school supplies and connects them to information for other services.

Food Hub Hours of operation:
Tuesdays Noon – 6:30pm
Wednesdays Noon – 6:30pm
Thursdays Noon – 6:30pm
Fridays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm


Pop-Up Food Distributions Events
ALIVE! provides bags of food to specific neighborhoods and apartment buildings, in collaboration with our community partners, in the parking lot at each pop-up location. Drive-through and walk-up service available depending on site.

Thursday, October 13 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Ramsay Rec Center (5650 Sanger Ave)

Friday, October 14 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave)

Saturday, October 15 from 8:00am – 10:00am
Fairlington United Methodist Church (3900 King St)

Saturday, October 15 from 10:00am – Noon
UNCUT Youth (1501 Cameron St)

Friday, October 21 from 10:30am – Noon
Old Town Community Church (212 S. Washington St)